last updated: 5/29/2012

Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.

The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. I like to say Google Lit Trips “3-dimensionalize” the reading experience by placing readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters; looking through the windshield of that old jalopy in The Grapes of Wrath or waddling alongside Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s duckling family in Make Way for Ducklings.

Founded by Jerome Burg, the project has grown into a community of Lit Trip developers and contributors who are themselves taking up the project’s philanthropic vision. Contributors wishing to publish their Lit Trips on the site do so without expectation of any compensation beyond the rewards inherent in gifting their contributions to the world’s educators and their students.

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